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Psychology A Level at Longsands Academy

Course description

Psychology is about…

  • the study of human behaviour, the human brain, and the way environments shape our behaviour;

  • studying behaviour, mental illness and human interactions in a scientific way

  • learning how humans remember information, feel emotions, sleep, are influenced by the media, are influenced by authority, and fall in love.


There are

Paper 1 – Introductory topics in Psychology – 2 hours (33% of A level)

Social influence





Paper 2 – Psychology in Context – 2 hours (33% of A level)

Approaches in Psychology


Research methods

Issues and debates in psychology


Paper 3 – Issues and Options in Psychology (33% of A Level)

3 topics: Relationships, Schizophrenia and Forensic psychology


Course content

This course gives a broad introduction to Psychology by covering some of the main areas of research in the subject. The emphasis within lessons is on gaining knowledge and understanding of the theories and research of psychologists and being able to analyse and evaluate their conclusions and ideas. You will learn to be a constructive critic and must be willing to participate and contribute ideas during class discussion. Each sub-section of the AS specification has a reference to psychology ‘in everyday life’. This means that you will not only learn about theories and research, but also look at the way in which psychology is applied in real life. For example, the use of the cognitive interview by the police when interviewing the witnesses of crime and the implications of research into attachment and day care for child care practices.

Entry requirements

Students must have a grade 5-5 in Science or a grade 5 in Biology.

Students must also have a grade 5 in English Language and Mathematics.

APS: 5.25

Future opportunities

An A Level in Psychology will give you a good grounding in the subject and provide an insight into what it might be like to be a professional psychologist. It could lead onto Higher Education in Psychology, although it is not necessary to have an A Level in Psychology if you wish to study the subject at degree level. A background in Psychology is also useful in other careers or Higher Education courses. It allows you to develop a number of transferable skills which are useful in many jobs and professions. Psychology develops oral, visual and written communication, problem solving, numeracy and statistical skills, critical and creative thinking, decision making, organisational skills, team-working, IT and data analysis skills.


Psychology is particularly relevant to any job that involves working directly with people (such as nursing, midwifery, public relations, marketing, customer services or retail management) or any job that requires the use of problem solving skills (such as science subjects). It is a popular option when combined with biology and chemistry, for those applying for medicine or biomedical science.

Further information

To find out more about this qualification contact Dr Cullen, Head of Year at the St. Neots Sixth Form Centre, via

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Longsands Academy directly.

Last updated date: 08 May 2019
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years

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